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2013-05-02 Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412 Meeting 2686 Minutes

May 2, 2013

Hello Toastmasters!

Minutes for Meeting 2686, Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412, Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Congratulations to Stephanie Pettway for delivering her 10th speech today and earning the Toastmasters Competent Communicator designation.

Welcome to our guest, Tacoma Anderson! We hope you will consider joining our Club!


1. Save the date – To support Mike Quashne, winner of the Division ‘A’ International Speech Contest and Carlos Arzeno, winner of the Division ‘A’ Evaluation Contest! Both will compete at the 2013 District 27 Spring Conference on Saturday, May 4, 2013! The 2013 District 27 Spring Conference will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311. The District Conference is an exciting educational and networking event for all District 27 Clubs and Members. The key note speaker is Ryan Avery, the 2012 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking. See the attachments for Conference Flyer and Registration information.

a. The current full registration rate is $125 until the day of the event.
Register at
Contact Rhonda Bello at or 443.367-1951

b. The location for lunch with Ryan Avery and his wife Chelsea on Friday, May 3rd at 1100 has changed to the PLCC, room B1. If you would like to attend the luncheon, please contact Ralph Jones (District 27 Lieutenant Governor Education and Training) at Ryan will also be speaking at 5pm on May 3rd at BNA in Crystal City (same spot as Division contest). The fee is $30 in advance, $40 at the door for the BNA event. Please see the attached flyer for POC information.
NOTE: There will not be a speaking workshop it the afternoon of May 3rd, as previously reported.

2. Easy Speak – From our VP Education, Mike Quashne, concerning Easy Speak- As you already know, our club is using a new planning, management, and tracking system. This system requires more input on the part of the user, and helps you to take full advantage of your Toastmasters experience. Users like you can use the system to indicate whether you will or will not be attending future meetings, volunteer, accept, and reject roles, and even schedule future speeches. I know that a new system can be intimidating, so I’ve put together a quick start guide (attached) which gives the basic information on completing the actions required of members. With the help of this system, Helmsmen Toastmasters will run exceedingly smoothly and your educational achievements will be tracked with pinpoint precision. Please take a look at the guide, log into the system, and take some time to look around, I promise that you can’t break anything that can’t be fixed!

NOTE: When following the section entitled “Book a Speech” in the attached EasySpeak guide, the process enters a ‘request’ to speak; it does not automatically schedule you. The VP-E or TMOD will sort through requests and schedule accordingly.

3. Carl Sabath will be Toastmaster of the Day next week, Thursday, May 9, 2013. CHANGE IN LOCATION – We will meet in conference rooms BE936/BE943, located in the basement of Pentagon proper. (Yes this was the facility used for our club contests back in March if the directions seem familiar.)
Take the 8th corridor elevator (E-ring end) to the basement floor. Once you exit the elevator, turn to the right on the E-ring. Look for room BE936/BE943 on the left about half-way to the Pink Flamingo. A Helmsmen Toastmaster sign will be posted.

If you choose to take the 9th corridor elevator to the basement floor, turn to the left on the E-ring (opposite direction from the Pink Flamingo) and look for the room on the right.



Lillian Wilkinson was Presiding Officer!

Scott Battle was our Opener!

Herman Raybon, Jr. was Toastmaster of the Day with the theme, “Live, Laugh, Love.”

Kimberly Welter was Wordsmith with the Word of the Day — “Latent” – Present, but not visible, obvious, active or symptomatic.

Carlton Hart was our Grammarian!

Eugene Burrell was our Ah-Counter!

Tim O’Neil was our Timer!

John Durish was our Listener!

Carl Sabath was our Ballot Counter!

Royce Edington was our Table Topics Master!

Scott Battle was our Master Evaluator!

Congratulate Yash Sinha, Speaker 1, with his speech, “Unselfish Love,” Project 4 – A Dramatic Talk from the Entertaining Speaking Manual of the AC Series, Evaluated by John Harms.

Congratulate Stephanie Pettway, Speaker 2, with her speech, “Destiny,” Project 10 in the CC Manual, Evaluated by Lillian Wilkinson.

Congratulate Jill Shanteau, Speaker 3, with her speech, “Things to Consider When Meeting Your Favorite Celebrity,” Project 6 in the CC Manual, Evaluated by Carlos Arzeno.

Table Topics speakers were Kimberly Welter, Shawn Jackson, Tacoma Anderson and Eugene Burrell.

Herman Raybon, Jr. was our Closer!

Best Speaker was Stephanie Pettway!

Best Evaluator was Carlos Arzeno!

Best Table Topics Speaker was Tacoma Anderson!

Great Helmsmen say “Yes!”


Remember that you can always be on the “Hot Seat” for last minute changes.

Things change often, so when you are ready to give your speech, let the TM of the Day know even if you are not scheduled. We can always fit you in!

You can get credit for being Toastmaster of the Day, Evaluator, Table Topics Master, Timer and many of the other duties. During or immediately following the meeting, ask your fellow Toastmaster to provide a small evaluation in your leadership book.

Distinguished Club Program – The more we do as Individuals, the more goals our Club achieves. If you go to Club Central and go to Distinguished Club Program (DCP) reports, you can view the latest status of the goals for Helmsmen Toastmasters club

Did you know that our Helmsmen Toastmasters Meeting Minutes are on line at Check it out!

Happy Speaking! We are Toastmasters!

Herman Raybon, Jr.
Helmsmen Toastmasters Club 2412


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